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Tau Ceti e: Another Interstellar Target?“Tau Ceti is about 12 light-years away, and with the right instrumentation, we will be able to make a spectroscopic analysis of the atmospheres of planets there,” Gilster said. “If we discover a biosignature indicating life is present, this will clearly make such a planet a priority for any future probes. A probe like this could get into space in the next two decades if funding emerges.”
As we discover more and more exoplanets, it seems that it’s only a matter of time until we find a world with similar characteristics to Earth. But would there be a demand to send a probe there? Discovery News had a fascinating chat with co-founder of the Tau Zero Foundation to find out more.
The planet of interest is estimated to be about 4.3 times more massive than Earth. If confirmed, the planet would be the smallest yet discovered in a star’s habitable zone, say scientists who will be publishing their research in an upcoming issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Now THAT is pretty significant. Read more